The newest members of the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame will be honored by Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony in the state capitol building on April 8 during National Volunteer Week.
Being selected for the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame is the most prestigious state-level honor volunteers can receive. The people selected have forever changed their community, the state, the nation or the world with their volunteer service and action.
The public is invited to help select the winner of the Volunteer Hall of Fame’s People’s Choice Award by voting for the candidate they feel most deserves extra recognition for their contributions as a volunteer. Online voting is available through March 31 at www.volunteeriowa.org.
“I have long been a believer that our community volunteers, charitable nonprofits and faith-based institutions are often best equipped to provide long-term solutions to the challenges we face,” said Governor Branstad. “I would like to personally thank all of this year’s Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees for the important work they do, their service and their unwavering dedication.”
“The Governor and I are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the outstanding individuals and groups receiving awards,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “All have freely offered their precious time and talent to improve the quality of life and the betterment of society in Iowa and around the world.”
The 2014 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees include:
- Hubbell Realty Company, West Des Moines – Business/Corporation Category (for-profit business providing voluntary service to others through employee volunteer activities).
- Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, Union – Family Category (two or more related individuals volunteering together as a unit).
- The We Care Ladies – members include: Barbara Appleget, Swisher; Vicki Ehrenberger, Cedar Rapids; Glenda Denning, Cedar Rapids; Jean Goodall, Cedar Rapids; Shary Connel, Cedar Rapids – Group Category (several unrelated individuals volunteering together as a unit).
- Becca Johnson, Dubuque – National Service Category (an individual providing superior service during their term as a national service member to increase the quality of life in one or more Iowa communities).
- Community!Youth Concepts, Des Moines – Organization/Nonprofit Category (not-for-profit organization providing voluntary service to others).
- Three Iowans were selected in the Individual Category (one person providing outstanding volunteer service to benefit others):
- Ron Bell, Mondamin
- Vilas “Sid” Morris, Cedar Falls
- Carlos Portes, Marshalltown
Through the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, the State of Iowa recognizes outstanding Iowans who have freely given their precious time and talent in countless ways to benefit others. In addition to receiving an engraved plaque during the recognition ceremony, names of inductees are engraved on a special plaque on permanent display in the State Historical Museum.